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HBO Max Acquires Studio Ghibli Library For Streaming

WarnerMedia has revealed that its upcoming streaming service HBO Max is expanding its already stacked library as it has acquired the rights to the entire library of Studio Ghibli works, including Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke.

The deal between HBO Max and Studio Ghibli marks the first time the acclaimed Japanese studio has reached a licensing agreement with a streaming platform, with WarnerMedia and GKIDS reaching the agreement after the latter company partnered with Studio Ghibli in 2017 following 20 years of collaboration with Disney.

In addition to featuring films from the Oscar-winning writer/director Hayao Miyazaki, the deal will also include other Studio Ghibli offerings not from the director including Oscar-nominated films The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There.

The films will debut on HBO Max upon its launch, which is set to occur sometime in spring 2020.

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Watch The Teaser Trailer For Stephen King’s The Outsider

Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, The Outsider premieres January 12 on HBO. 

The 10-episode series follows police detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn), as he sets out to investigate the mutilated body of 11-year-old Frankie Peterson found in the Georgia woods. The mysterious circumstances surrounding this horrifying crime leads Ralph, still grieving the recent death of his own son, to bring in unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo), whose uncanny abilities he hopes will help explain the unexplainable. 

The cast includes Ben Mendelsohn, Jason Bateman, Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Paddy Considine, Julianne Nicholson, Yul Vázquez, Jeremy Bobb and Marc Menchaca.

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The Most Iconic Casino Scenes

Caesar’s Palace is home to one particularly special scene

The inside of a casino is a truly special place: there’s something that is at once both glamorous and mysterious about it. Sauntering down the Vegas strip, it’s hard not to feel like a Hollywood Star, so it’s no surprise that this setting has captured the imaginations of so many film and television directors. With such a number of scenes being shot inside casinos, it’s almost no wonder that there’s a long list of iconic casino scenes. These are our most memorable favorites.

Friends – The One in Vegas

Joey taking the role of a casino gladiator

Whilst a lot of casino scenes are the ultimate in cool, there are some that are just downright hilarious. It’s easy to play the smooth operator when surrounded by the glitz and glamour of a casino, but it takes something special to have people bent over double laughing! As is the case with many a tough comedy gig, the cast of Friends manage it with aplomb. In ‘The One in Vegas’ episode, we see the gang make their way to Las Vegas in what was supposed to be a romantic weekend for just Chandler and Monica. It ends up with Joey taking the role of a casino gladiator and Ross and Rachel playing as many practical jokes on each other as it must’ve been possible to fit into the script. Whilst the whole episode is hilarious from start to finish, perhaps the most iconic scene is made by Joey and Phoebe. After Phoebe spends her night dealing with an elderly ‘lurker’ and Joey starts his get-rich-quick scheme with his hand twin, the pair see themselves unceremoniously ejected from the casino. It’s a real golden moment from this series and one that will go down in casino history.

Casino Royale

Is there a scene more iconic than the poker game in Casino Royale?

No Casino countdown would be complete without the high-stakes poker battle that was at the core of Casino Royale. This gritty yet glamorous game between hero and villain has us all on the edge of our seats, no matter how many times we’ve seen it. At the beginning of the game, James Bond spots Le Chiffre’s tell and immediately gains the upper hand. However, this is soon swiped away from him when Le Chiffre is tipped off about the tell and Bond loses his initial stake. Just as it’s looking like Bond is going to take this game to the kill-or-be-killed stage, one of his fellow players offers to stake Bond if Le Chiffre is allowed to be taken into American Custody. A frustrated Bond agrees and slowly rebuilds his position. It’s looking like the drama might be coming to a close, when in one of the most iconic scenes in history, Le Chiffre’s girlfriend spikes Bond’s martini with a deadly poison. In a scene with intensely uncomfortable viewing, he struggles back to his car, to take an antidote to the poison. Once recovered he makes his way back to the game where now only he and Le Chiffre remain. In true Bond heroism, he manages to win a $115 million hand with a straight flush, sealing the fate of the bad guy. Perfection.

Rain Man

Who can forget this classic scene from this beloved film?

This whole film is undoubtedly a masterpiece, a story that brilliantly explores the relationship of two brothers, Ray (Dustin Hoffman) and Charlie (Tom Cruise). A clever subplot of the movie births one of the most memorable casino scenes of all time, where a bewildered Charlie accompanies his brother Ray to a casino with the aim of getting him out of debt. It turns out that Charlie has discovered that Ray has a photographic memory and an incredible gift for numbers, so the card-counting plot begins. 

The pair walk into a Caesar’s Palace, La Vegas, in brilliantly 80’s matching beige suits and amongst scenes of brotherly bickering we see Ray get to work showing off his mathematical skills. The card counting scene makes for intense viewing as we watch Ray’s fluttering eye movements as he thinks his way through the deck. After what seems like an almost painful eternity, the brother’s emerge victorious, having won just enough to settle those debts. Of course, all is not rosy for long, as the casino does not take kindly to losing and the pair are banned from playing again. Whatever the eventual outcome, it’s a brilliant casino scene, that’s truly unforgettable.

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Go Behind-the-Scenes of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Aaron Paul, Vince Gilligan, and others take you behind the scenes and share their excitement for the opportunity to tell the next chapter of Jesse’s story, and how the reunion with cast and crew felt like coming home.

The project reunites fans with Jesse Pinkman (Emmy-winner Aaron Paul).  In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.  This gripping thriller is written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad.  

Watch El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on Netflix October 11.

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Poll: Should Titans’ Jason Todd Live or Die?

In the latest episode of DC Universe’s Titans, Jason Todd was used as a pawn in Deathstroke’s revenge against the team. Though Dick & Kori tried to save him, the episode ended with Jason falling to his doom. Will he live or will Jason Todd die? 

The audience can decide!

Take the poll HERE and let your voice be heard. This isn’t the first time that Jason’s fate was left to the whims of others.

In 1988, DC Comics published “A Death in the Family” a four-issue Batman comic book storyline featured in issues #426–429. The series was written by Jim Starlin and illustrated by Jim Aparo, with Mike Mignola designing  each cover. The story followed Jason Todd/Robin’s quest to be reunited with his birth mother after being relieved of his duties by Batman. During his journey, however, the Joker kidnapped and tortured him, eventually killing him. The storyline was notable for its 900 number voting system, in which fans were allowed to call two separate numbers and chose whether Jason would survive the Joker’s torture or die.

Will history repeat itself or will Jason live to mouth off another day?

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Watch The Star Trek: Picard New York Comic Con Trailer

Straight from the Star Trek universe panel at New York Comic Con comes the new trailer for Star Trek: Picard. Star Trek: Picard will premiere on Thursday, January 23, 2020. New episodes of Picard‘s 10-episode first season will be available weekly on Thursdays, exclusively for CBS All Access subscribers.

Star Trek: Picard features Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” The new series will follow this iconic character into the next chapter of his life. Alongside Stewart, Star Trek: Picard will also star Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway and Evan Evagora. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, James Duff, Patrick Stewart, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers and Aaron Baiers (Secret Hideout) serves as co-executive producer and Kirsten Beyer as supervising producer. Hanelle Culpepper directed the first two episodes of the series.

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The Twilight Zone Celebrates 60 Years When Six Classic Episodes Come To Movie Theaters Nationwide For One Day Only In November

From the four repeating notes of its theme music to its unforgettable tales of the supernatural and the surreal, few television series have reshaped the medium as much as Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone. On November 14, Fathom Events and CBS Home Entertainment celebrate the series’ 60th anniversary with a one-night-only event exclusively in cinemas nationwide.

The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration will combine digitally restored versions of six quintessential episodes with an all-new documentary short titled Remembering Rod Serling about the life, imagination and creativity of creator Serling, whose thought-provoking introductions continue to mesmerize fans.

Tickets to The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration are available beginning Friday, September 27, at www.FathomEvents.com and at participating theater box offices.

The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration will be presented in more than 600 movie theaters across the country on Thursday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. local time through Fathom Events’ Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). A complete list of theater locations will be available September 27 on the Fathom Events website.

While each of the 156 episodes of the mind-bending, sometimes nightmare-inducing, series has a legion of admirers, for this special 60th anniversary presentation, Twilight Zone CBS has curated six particularly noteworthy fan favorites to present on the big screen – the first time ever that original episodes of the series, which originally ran from 1959 to 1964, have been presented on the big screen.

The six episodes that will be screened as part of The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration are:

Walking Distance– Busy and stressed out, Martin Sloan (Gig Young) is a Madison Avenue executive who stops his car at a gas station that isn’t far from the small town where he grew up. Martin decides to walk to Homewood, which he left 25 years ago, where he meets his 11-year-old self, his parents … and learns about the dark side of nostalgia. (Original airdate: Oct. 30, 1959)

Time Enough at Last – Harry Bemis (Burgess Meredith) loves to read. The only problem is, he can find neither the time nor the place for it, and he’s harangued by his boss and his wife for his passion. As sneaks into the bank vault for some reading time, there’s a massive nuclear explosion. With the world gone, Harry has nothing but reading time. There’s just one catch. (Original airdate: Nov. 20, 1959)

The Invaders – An elderly woman (Agnes Moorhead) who lives alone a ramshackle farmhouse hears noises on her roof. When she investigates, she finds what seems to be a flying saucer, and from it emerge two small robots who seem bent on her destruction. She fights them off and destroys their ship, unaware of their true nature. (Original airdate: Jan. 27, 1961)

The Monsters are Due on Maple Street – On a pleasant day, the residents of Maple Street are disturbed by a noise and a tremor. Unsure what to make of it, when young Tommy tells them a story he read about an alien invasion, paranoia descends upon the once-tranquil neighborhood, revealing an unsettling truth about the fragility of humanity. (Original airdate: March 4, 1960)

Eye of the Beholder – Janet Tyler (Maxine Stewart) does not look like everyone else. A horrible disfigurement has traumatized her all her life, and now on her 11th trip to the hospital, her bandages will soon come off. It this surgery to make her “normal” doesn’t work, she will be segregated for life with other afflicted people. The moment of truth is at hand. (Original airdate: Nov. 11, 1960)

To Serve Man – Michael Chambers (Lloyd Bochner) recounts recent events on earth following the arrival of an alien spacecraft. Its occupants seem benevolent, and offer to share technology to provide limitless energy and cure all diseases. Chambers, an encryption specialist, is suspicious, particularly as he examines a book the aliens have left behind. (Original airdate: March 2, 1962)

In addition to the six episodes, this unique celebration of The Twilight Zone also features Remembering Rod Serling, an all-new documentary that takes viewers into the fertile imagination and life of series creator Serling. It offers a closer look at the life experiences that inspired Serling’s unique blend of thought-provoking and visionary storytelling, from his time as a paratrooper in World War II to his early writing days in live television, and ultimately to the creation of this indelible TV series. Friends, collaborators and members of the Serling family offer insight into the man whose creativity has inspired audiences around the globe for 60 years.

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Servant From M. Night Shyamalan To Premiere November 28 On Apple TV +

Today at New York Comic Con 2019, Apple announced that M. Night Shyamalan’s highly anticipated psychological thriller “Servant,” will premiere globally on Apple TV+, a new home for the world’s most creative storytellers, on Thursday, November 28. 

Apple’s “Servant” follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home. 

Academy Award-nominated Executive Producer M. Night Shyamalan (Glass, Split, The Sixth Sense) directs along with BAFTA-nominated Executive Producer and Writer Tony Basgallop, who created the series. (Inside Men, What Remains, “24: Live Another Day”). The celebrated cast of “Servant” includes Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”), Toby Kebbell (Kong: Skull Island, Fantastic Four, “Black Mirror”), Nell Tiger Free (“Game of Thrones”), Rupert Grint (Harry Potter franchise, Snatch).

Apple TV+ launches on November 1 in over 100 countries and regions, and will be available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac and other platforms, including online at tv.apple.com, for just $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial.

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Watch The New Hulu Castle Rock Season 2 Teaser Trailer

Hulu has released the Castle Rock Season 2 trailer, featuring Lizzy Caplan portraying Stephen King’s Misery character Annie Wilkes, as well as a look at iconic locations from ‘Salem’s Lot. 

The upcoming season will explore a feud between warring clans that comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes (played by Lizzy Caplan), King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.

The Castle Rock Season 2 cast includes Emmy nominee Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), who will be taking on the iconic role of Misery’s Annie Wilkes, as well as Oscar winner Tim Robbins (Mystic River, The Shawshank Redemption), Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), Barkhad Abdi (Blade Runner 2049), Yusra Warsama (Call the Midwife), Paul Sparks (House of Cards), Matthew Alan (13 Reasons Why) and John Hoogenakker Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. Guest stars include Emmy Award-nominated actress Robin Weigert (Deadwood, Big Little Lies) as Annie Wilkes’ mother Crysilda Wilkes, Sarah Gadon (True Detective), Alison Wright (The Americans) and Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Alias).

A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.

Catch the premiere on October 23.

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Netflix Renews Stranger Things For Season 4

Netflix has renewed the worldwide hit series Stranger Things for a fourth season and signed series creators and showrunners The Duffer Brothers to a multi-year film and series overall deal. 

“The Duffer Brothers have captivated viewers around the world with Stranger Things and we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with them to bring their vivid imaginations to other film and series projects our members will love,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. “We can’t wait to see what The Duffer Brothers have in store when they step outside the world of The Upside Down.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to continue our relationship with Netflix. Ted Sarandos, Cindy Holland, Brian Wright, and Matt Thunell took a huge chance on us and our show — and forever changed our lives. From our first pitch meeting to the release of Stranger Things 3, the entire team at Netflix has been nothing short of sensational, providing us with the kind of support, guidance, and creative freedom we always dreamed about. We can’t wait to tell many more stories together — beginning, of course, with a return trip to Hawkins!”

No word on when Stranger Things season 4 will premiere.

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